I've been working this one for a while now

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I've been working this one for a while now

I can't tell you how many times I've gone back and edited this one. It was severely underexposed, so there were/are some serious issues going on with it. Despite all of that, I really want to get this one printed out big on canvas, so I really want your opinions on it. I've had some big color problems with it, and I swear I can't tell what's right anymore.

This is my latest edit. How is it looking?

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Their skin tone looks green/yellow. You can tell a huge difference from your siggy pic to the picture you posted.

ETA: I opened it on PS and for some reason it looked better on PS than how it is posted on here. I dunno if its the background color on this website.

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Thanks El! I do see some green too. *sigh* I think I'll rework it again. I may switch it to Camera Neutral and edit from there. I'm just getting so much yellow and red, and when I get rid of it, it's hard to see the other colors.

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It's a wonderful pic, Steph! I see some yellow too, and you know from my thread yesterday how great I am at editing... but I'm sure you will get it soon and be so happy with the results!

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I love this pic. It might help to tell us exactly what you are wanting to do with it and what you think is wrong with it.

I had a play. It's private in flickr and I'll take it down if you want.

I did a colour balance and just upped the blues a little in the sky. I didnt do any other editing to the pic itself.

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I would also check your colour profile on your editing software, I have mine set to sRGB. I agree that it is green/yellow, but I think the play has made it too far the other way, too magenta/cyan. I like warmer photos and would say that you are close with your edit, try adding just a little bit of magenta and maybe a touch of blue .

Ok, I opted to have a play. I did nothing to this except go to colour balance, checked highlights and took the slider to -3 magenta and +30 on blue. It's not perfect, but heading in the right direction I think (but then again, you may want to take my suggestions with a pinch of salt, I am not great with colour, lol!). It's private on my flickr but I will take it down if you want.


6258890274_3c9fb3990f_z by Madhouseof5, on Flickr

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Thanks for the plays everyone! I'm still struggling with this one. I tried another edit yesterday, but I'm just going to delete it, because it's still not what I want. When I got my new laptop, I went back and edited this one again after looking at it on my new monitor, and I think that's the best I've done so far. What do you think? Still too yellow/red?

My plans for this is to print this out big, hang it on my wall, and not look at it every day thinkin, "Man, the color is off!" lol!

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Personally, I would adjust to take out green but why take out yellow when it is clearly an evening sunshine glow shot? I think your edits are good for leaving in the goldness. For me, your edits are just tinged green and the others' edits are too blue.

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Would you take out the green in ACR, or do it with a hue/sat layer?

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I don't have a lot of experience with ACR myself but others can tell you. I usually do my color adjustments with levels and/or curves when needed.

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Is curves and levels in PSE?

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Stephanie - I can remember this pic from a while ago. I know the SOOC was a struggle and you really want to get this printed - so I gave it a go from one of the already edited versions I found here today. I hope you don't mind a play - it's private on flickr. I edited in lightroom...I'll be happy to send my steps if interested. I think, after I sent to flickr, I see that it can use a pinch of brightness added back in...

stephanie_test

here is a comparison from the one I started with to mine...

Screen Shot 2011-10-28 at 12.53.25 PM

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Thank you for the play! Plays are always welcome on my pictures. I always love seeing the different ways people can take the same image.

I've kind of given up on it for the moment. I'll probably go back to it here in the next few days, maybe after Halloween. It's definitely one of those cases where you stare at something too long and your eyes go all wonky lol!

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with it being off, and I see what you mean, it's nearly impossible to correct the skin tone without over correcting the grass or something...maybe it would be better in b/w? You don't want to spend all the money blowing it up and then thinking ugh...that color!? I played around with it in b/w some and I think it would be cute...
I've gotten to where I prefer color usually...but sometimes the colors just don't work out...

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I love the B&W version!